Our jungle, finally has many fish flipping away in the “waterfall” (on a windy day, or just in your imagination). It was quite a process for the Possums (and teachers!) We started by plying multiple layers of paper onto a balloon to create our “paper mache” base. This was a waiting game which also involved testing for mache strength. We then painted and decked out the fish with the appropriate fish parts! Spencer created the guinea pig starter fish, which we used as a point of reference in exploring the ideas of “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. The underpinning themes of this story is that of friendship and the value in thinking about others rather than oneself, and sharing. We did not set out for all the possums to create their own fish. Instead we have encouraged the children to make a fish with a friend, or to follow on with the work of a friend. We talked about the work as something for our kindergarten jungle, rather than something to take home. As a result, some children have chosen not to take part in the process, this is perfectly acceptable and the jungle fish are not named, they belong to all. It is a much more meaningful experience for children to find their own self motivation, rather than being asked to create something without any personal drive or purpose.
If you can think of a better fish pun, let “minnow”